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Can the duration of the whistle determine if food inside a pressure cooker is cooked

Building upon this question, I was wondering if the duration of the whistle can be used to determine if the food inside a pressure cooker is cooked. As suggested by a couple of answers in the ...
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Breakfast burritos from 16 egg casserole, how to cook everything uniformly?

I am baking a 16 egg casserole that will be used for breakfast burritos and so I want the egg mixture to be cooked uniformly through. Once the breakfast burritos are made I will freeze them all. What ...
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How can I melt cheese for dipping?

I love dipping things like pretzels in melted cheese. I've done this lots of times at fairs and other places with 'pretzel carts', but I've never been able to replicate it myself at home. Whenever I ...
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Glass Dish Baking Temparature

Generally I have heard that most recipes are designed for baking in metal dishes. I have also heard that glass will get hotter than metal, and thus I should cook it at a lower temperature for longer. ...
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What is the lowest temperature possible (of water) to cook meat in?

Say I want to cook a piece of meat by putting it in water and bringing the water to a certain temperature. (In celsius please) how low can the temperature be for it to be still able to cook the meat? ...
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How do I modify cooking methods for a markedly smaller roast than most recipes state?

I purchased a small boneless leg of lamb roast for my husband and I to enjoy as an Easter meal. It's about 2.5 lbs. (1.3 kg). I have experience dry roasting larger cuts of beef in the past, but ...
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How do I adjust cooking time for an under-powered microwave?

Example: I have an 800-Watt microwave. Cooking instructions for a certain product say to cook on HIGH for 4 minutes in a 1,100-Watt microwave. How do I properly adjust the cooking time so that my ...
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How to cook rice for 60 people

I have to cook for 60 people, and one of the things I am going to make is (japanese) rice. Normally I cook it in a rice cooker, or in a pan with an amount of water and let it cook until the water has ...
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How to make kidney beans tender?

The way I currently cook kidney beans is to soak them overnight. But still they have to be cooked for a long time on gas before they get tender enough to be edible. Anything that can be added or be ...
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Must rice always be cooked with some oil or lard?

I'm a totally amateur "cooker" and I was always taught that before I cook the rice, I have to add some oil or lard to it and cook in that. But why is it necessary? Once I forgot it and everything was ...
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Can Chick Peas take over two hours to cook?

I have been cooking Chick Peas for 2 hours, and they still feel too hard to enjoy. (I did soak them for 24 hours before that). Can that be? They have been sitting in my pantry for some years, would ...
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How do you cook calamari / squid and avoid making it tough?

I am having a hard time with this seemly simple 'snack'. The calamari and squid is usually given to me by my neighbor who is a seafood monger. It's frozen and a mix of baby octopus and squid ...
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When should I add diced vegetables to a pie, and how long to cook them for?

Earlier this week I cooked my first meat & potato pie. It was quite good, however I felt that it lacked a little depth, and also seemed like a meager portion for the amount of meat that I used. I ...
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Uncooked Pickled Fish: Can I recook it?

I made pickled salmon a few days ago. I clearly did not cook it enough before pickling it for four days in vinegar. It is basically raw and completely falling apart. Can I recook it now, or is that ...
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How do they Prepare Steak so fast in Restaurants?

I've been wondering how restaurants are able to serve food so fast. How are they able to serve thick steaks in 20 - 30 minutes? Here's the process that I know of: Bring the steak to room ...
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How to get puff pastry to cook right through

I often use bought puff pastry to make a topping for a chicken pie. However, I tend to find that the pastry is fully cooked on the top but the underside of the pastry remains almost raw. How can I ...
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How to adjust time for oven stuck at 350F

My oven is stuck at 350F. I need to cook a lasagna that requires 400F for 1:55 (one hour 55 minutes). I also need to cook a turkey at 375F for 4:30 (separately). How do I adjust since my oven is stuck ...
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Is a little oven less hot than a bigger oven?

Some months ago, I found a recipe for cookies and made them in a big oven; they were delicious and cooked very well (soft cookies) at 180 °C (356 °F) for 7 minutes. I recently tried the recipe again, ...
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How should I prepare dried chickpeas?

I've never used dried chickpeas before, but I'm not wanting for chickpea recipes. The bag of dried chickpeas I got contains no instructions for cooking. I know that I need to soak them in water for a ...
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Meaning of do not thaw for frozen food

Today I bought frozen food for the first time and the brand is Mc Coin. I read the instructions, which have the following instructions; Do Not Thaw and cook from frozen I am unsure how to parse ...
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How can I ensure that scrambled eggs will be fully cooked?

I have some sort of digestive intolerance towards eggs that are not fully cooked, although I can handle some softness in egg yolks. In the case of fried or boiled eggs, this means that the whites are ...
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Advice for cooking two pumpkin pies at once

Tonight my wife will attempt the feat of cooking two of her pumpkin pies at once. Given the firing schedule for one pie (the Libby's recipe for one pie- 15 mins @ 425, reduce to 350 for 40-50 mins), ...
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Cooking Potatoes

I'm having a problem cooking potatoes using a slow cooker recipe. I'm using russet potatoes. Recipe did not specify what to use. Recipe said "thin sliced". Used mandoline to crinkle cut 4.5mm thick ...
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How long does it take to smoke a chicken?

I have tried to smoke chicken twice now and both times have taken at least 6 hours. I put the chicken (about 6 lbs) in my smoker with about 40 coals and add some wood. I also periodically add coals ...
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Fastest or most efficient way to cook rice in a pot with a lid?

Without using (read: buying) a rice cooker, what methods can I use to reduce active cooking time for brown rice? Does pre-soaking help? Should I add the rice before or after bringing the water to a ...
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Difference between baking a cake in cooking range and microwave oven

I don't know much about the difference between cooking range and oven. But I just want to know what difference must be made to bake a cake using a cooking range. I used to bake cakes in a microwave ...
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Skillet Cooked Shrimp Texture

I was wondering exactly what a perfectly cooked shrimp's texture should be. I know the "rubbery" texture means over cooked and that if it's clear in the middle it's undercooked. But in terms of ...
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Rendering fat by sous vide

I've seen that fat will render at 55-60 degrees centigrade using sous vide - but my question is how long that would be expected to take?
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Fast way to cook steel-cut oats when no microwave is available

I am looking for a way to prepare fast steel-cut oats. I do not have a microwave, and I would like to have them for breakfast but I can not cook for ~40 mins to prepare them in the morning. I have ...
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Doubling a batch of soup

Straying from the printed recipe still makes me a little twitchy, so I ask you, gentle cooks (chefs?): Can I safely double the cooking time? (In this case, it's a split pea soup, dried split peas - ...
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Charles Darwin high altitude cooking of potatoes

I just read about Charles Darwin's attempt to boil potatoes while at high altitudes. In The Voyage of the Beagle you can read: Having crossed the Peuquenes [Piuquenes], we descended into a ...
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Are my cookies cooked?

I've just recently started baking and I'm finding it quite enjoyable. I am now changing some of the recipes a little bit to suit my tastes better. A problem i am having is that the ingredient swaps ...
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How should I cook bacon in an oven?

I've heard of people cooking bacon in an oven by laying the strips out on a cookie sheet. When using this method, how long should I cook the bacon for, and at what temperature?
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How to adapt brownie recipe to cook well in a mini-muffin tin?

I've got a great brownie recipe that works awesome in a 9x11 pan. The top comes out crunchy, the bottom cake like and the middle nice and fudgy. I figured I would try to make them in a mini-muffin ...
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What's the minimum time to cook raw prawns?

I typically cook raw prawns in boiling water for around 3 minutes. If they go over a little bit longer they can tend to become rubbery. Is there a minimum/optimum time a raw prawn should be boiled?
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How can I tell if the food inside a pressure cooker is done cooking?

I've been looking into getting a pressure cooker since it works on the premise of increasing the boiling temp of water thereby cooking things more quickly. Operating on the premise that a pressure ...
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How do I cook these two items in the oven at the same time?

If I need to cook salmon in the oven at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes and crab cakes at 400° for 20 to 25 minutes, what do I do?
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How long should I steam squid and cuttlefish?

I have read that the squid and cuttlefish are more tender if they are cooked in less than 3 minutes in a pan. But what about steam cooking, how much time does it need?
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How long should I cook a steak to make it medium rare?

I really like steak and always manage to cook it right but I haven't got it down to a fine art. I like my steak medium rare and though I always manage to get it very pink in the middle I don't know ...
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Can I safely roast a chicken for 4 to 5 hours on a low heat?

Hard pressed office worker and cook here. If I go home at lunchtime and put in a medium sized chicken to roast in the oven can I ensure it's ready to eat when the family get in in the evening? I've ...
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How long to steam eggs for? (Instead of hard boiling)

I'm steaming eggs, rather than hard-boiling (I want the same effect), because it's convenient as I'm using the steam from some boiling chickpeas underneath. But I can't seem to find a definitive ...
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How to know when to remove lemon squares from oven?

I'm making a lemon bars/squares recipe that I've made a few times before, and I keep having trouble deciding when to take it out of the oven. I don't want to overbake it, but I don't want to underbake ...
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How can you tell when a roast is done?

How can you tell when a roast is done? How long should they roast for?
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Time vs. Temperature - What changes what?

Really basic question that's bugging me... Speaking mathematically, 200 degrees of heat for 10 minutes should be the same as 400 degrees of heat for 5 minutes , but that's not the case, right? So ...
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Boiling rice - drain or boil off water?

Because different rice varieties have different cooking times, I find it hard sometimes not to over/under cook them. I do it in two ways: Boil off all the excess water, and fluff it with a fork. ...
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Crockpot recipe when converting temperature from low to high?

I have a crockpot recipe for burritos, located here, that I really want to make. It says to cook the mixture on low heat for 6-10 hours but that is too long/short. I really want to convert the recipe ...
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Baking Adjustments When Using a Countertop Oven

I'm planning to bake some scones for a friend, but they only have a simple countertop oven. Although it's rated up to 250W, I would like to know if I should make any adjustments (I'm used to baking ...
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Adding cold water during cooking of beans and cooking time

After soaking dry beans, I place beans on heat, so they boil for couple of hours, and they cook pretty well. But if I add just one cup of cold water (at room temperature) during boiling, temperature ...
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How can I cook dried noodles with just hot water?

I'm looking for any tips for making a meal with dried noodles without needing to actively cook them. My problem is that the kitchen in my office has nothing, not even a microwave. It just has a hot ...
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Cooking multiple dishes at once in the oven

What is the rule of thumb for adjusting temperature and cooking time when cooking multiple dishes in the oven at the same time? In particular, if the dishes have different required temperatures and/or ...